Saturday Hot Links

April 21st, 2012 by

Welcome to another installment of Saturday Hot Links!

Today: The Rube Goldberg Machine Edition!

The complete Cannes Film Festival lineup.

In honor of National Poetry Month, here are 10 celebrities reading famous poems aloud.

Would you pay more for movie tickets to hit films and less for flops? That’s what these folks say should happen.

11 questionable suggestions for raising the Titanic.

Is Elizabeth Shaw, the female Protagonist in Prometheus played by Noomi Rapace, a version of Ripley from Alien?

Why are so many Americans living alone?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rian Johnson explain time travel in the movie Looper.

How 25 national magazine award nominations went to 25 male writers.

Twelve things you probably didn’t know about the movie Home Alone.

Bob asked a woman on a date in L.A.. One small problem: He doesn’t drive.

569 films vie for 2012 Student Academy Awards.

Classic video games reimagined as children’s books.

How Close Encounters of the Third kind made Joss Whedon an existentialist.

Google co-founder rips Hollywood for its anti-piracy efforts.

The Geffen Playhouse in Westwood announces its 2012-2013 theatrical slate.

While we’re on the theater, did you know there is a prequel to Peter Pan opening on Broadway?

Internet advertising hit a record $31B in 2011.

Ten things Michael Moore wants you to know about the new Academy documentary rules.

Update on Caine’s Arcade, the feel-good story of the year.

In what could very easily be the not feel-good story of the year, evidently the Maccabees script by Joe Eszterhas is not very good.

A selection of hilariously melodramatic soap opera parodies.

Evidently this is the world’s most comfortable movie theater.

Educating the next Steve Jobs.

Disney’s Marvel co-producing Iron Man 3 in China.

The very best of sandwich design.

Jason Reitman brings his “Live Read” series to NYC with The Apartment.

Meanwhile Reitman’s next film is called “Labor Day”. You can read a nice backgrounder on it here.

Why do dogs stick their heads out car windows?

Participant Media getting into the TV business.

And here are this year’s Pulitzter Prize winners.

The new HBO series “Girls” from Lena Dunham is sure developing lots of buzz, both good and negative.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers offer a reward for information re their stolen guitars. Update: It worked!

While we’re at it, question: Did humans invent music?

Gmail went down this week for a few hours. Maybe we should call it Fmail… as in FailMail. I’ll be here all week and don’t forget to tip your waitress!

The check from DC Comics to Joe Siegel and Jerry Schuster that secured the rights to the Superman franchise sold at auction for $160K. BTW how much Siegel and Schuster get? $130.

Meanwhile at the other end of the spectrum, after securing a cool $5M movie rights deal for her steamy ‘mommy porn’ book series “50 Shades of Grey,” British author E.L. James admits she’s “not a great writer”.

David Fincher gives six filmmaking tips.

Madonna responds to a photo of 15 year-old daughter Lourdes caught smoking .

Film critics Joshua Rothkopf and Jason Zinoman with a good dialogue about The Cabin in the Woods.

7 year-old cancer patient lives out a dream: To play Batman and bust some bad guys .

Okay, writers, put on your thinking caps: Disney is looking for someone to adapt the theme park ride Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride into a movie.

Would you believe an air fragrance that reproduces the smell of unboxing a MacBook Pro?

And who is the most powerful man in Hollywood? TIME magazines says it’s this dude.

Compensations with media tycoons in 2011: A shit-ton of money.

Is James Cameron launching an asteroid mining company?

Let’s end with the 30 greatest movie taglines.

Screenwriting Master Class tip of the week: It is one of the single most confusing aspects of writing: Theme. What is it? How does it work? As a writer, how can I make it work? I have spent a lot of time sorting out this subject and as a result am offering the upcoming 2-week SMC online class “Core VII: Theme.” It begins Monday, April 30. You can not have a successful screenplay if you do not work through and with its narrative themes. This course not only provides you with a coherent, understandable take on the subject, it also gives you practical ways to develop and use themes in your stories. Why not join me in this exciting and important class? For more information, go here.

I look forward to the chance to work with you!

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